Joseph Aamidor
Joseph Aamidor
Senior Product & Market Strategy Consultant, Aamidor Consulting

Joseph Aamidor is a senior product and market strategy consultant focused on smart buildings, IoT, energy and real estate. He has nearly 15 years of experience in building and energy technology. He provides strategic guidance and advice to established building management firms, technology providers, and early-stage innovators. He helps these firms understand the smart buildings market, develop competitive strategy, and forge partnerships. Previously, he served as Director of Product at Lucid Design Group and was a product manager at Johnson Controls. He frequently speaks at industry events and regularly publishes articles on the energy and smart building industry. Connect with him on Twitter (at https://twitter.com/jaamidor) and LinkedIn (at http://www.linkedin.com/in/jaamidor) or at http://www.aamidorconsulting.com

Sonia Aggarwal
Sonia Aggarwal
Vice President, Energy Innovation

Sonia Aggarwal is the Vice President of Energy Innovation, where she leads the firm’s work on Power Sector Transformation and Energy Policy Solutions. In 2012, Sonia spearheaded the creation of America’s Power Plan, Energy Innovation’s platform for innovative thinking on policy solutions for clean, reliable, and affordable electric power in the U.S. America’s Power Plan produces and curates expert information for decision-makers—utility regulators, governors’ staffs, power system operators, and many more—providing tailored advice on how to lead and support the transition to a decarbonized power system.

For Energy Policy Solutions, Sonia leads Energy Innovation’s work in identifying and designing the top energy policies to reduce emissions. The program uses a computer model developed in-house, the Energy Policy Simulator, to quantify the cost and emissions impacts various combinations of climate and energy policies have within a region. In addition to the quantitative model, which helps to identify which policies can make the biggest impact, the Energy Policy Solutions program also provides tailored advice on how to design those policies for maximum effectiveness.

Before Energy Innovation, Sonia managed global research at ClimateWorks Foundation, worked on the McKinsey carbon abatement cost curves, advised the International Energy Agency’s “Accelerating Technology Transitions” project, advised clean energy companies on technology and financial communications, and even worked in accident prevention design engineering at a nuclear power plant. Sonia holds a B.S. from Haverford College in astronomy and physics, and an M.S. from Stanford University in engineering, focused on energy.

Yang Bai
Yang Bai
Technical Lead, Enterprise Energy Services, Nest/Google

Yang Bai is a technical lead of enterprise energy services at Nest/Google. He spearheads efforts to leverage Google's expertise in Artificial Intelligence and Cloud Computing in the transformation of energy systems. During the Total Solar Eclipse last summer, Yang and his team deployed a demand response event on over 750K Nest thermostats that tracked the eclipse trajectory across America and delivered over 700MW load reduction.

Prior to Nest, Yang pursued a PhD in Robotics from Northwestern University and a BS in Math/Physics/EE from Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Rishi Bhakar
Rishi Bhakar
Vice President, Tenaska

Rishi Bhakar has 25 years of experience in power, energy and technology industries. He has been investing in power and energy companies and projects for over 10 years at Tenaska. In his current role, Rishi leads new investments in energy-related businesses especially focused on advanced energy, distributed resources, micro-grid, storage, data analytics and grid’s edge. He also pursues acquisitions of generation assets, assists in equity and debt financings, and monitors existing portfolio.
Prior to joining Tenaska in 2008, Rishi worked at Wedbush Securities advising middle-market companies in technology and environmental sectors on capital raising, mergers and acquisitions. He has over a decade of software development and management experience at companies like Intel, ADP, Ingram Micro and Fujitsu.
Rishi is on the board of two non-profits promoting neighborhood transformation and entrepreneurship, namely Spark, a community development intermediary and ACG Nebraska. He earned his MBA from the Anderson School of Management at UCLA and his bachelor’s degree in Computer Science from University of Pune, India.

Kari Binley
Kari Binley
Expert Product Manager, Energy Efficiency, PG&E

Kari Binley is an Expert Product Manager on the Energy Efficiency team at PG&E working on a number of innovative customer and technology solutions.  Kari was on the team that launched the PG&E Marketplace in early 2015 and continues to manage the program today.  Other innovative projects include PG&E’s Connected Home Strategy, working on voice assistant integration, and finding new and innovative energy savings products for the PG&E residential portfolio.   Kari began her career in consumer products as a merchant for consumer electronics retailers and as an Executive Director at a small sustainability non-profit in the Bay Area.

Randy Bishop
Randy Bishop
General Manager, Energy, Gaurdtime

Mr Bishop has over 30 years of experience in cybersecurity and advanced technology development and delivery across the US Federal government and industry. He is a graduate of the Defense Intelligence University and a 25 year retired veteran of the United States Air Force Office of Special Investigations, where he served as a Special Agent focusing on cybersecurity, counterintelligence, and special-security operations. Mr Bishop also lead the innovation initiatives in critical infrastructure protection and nuclear weapons security, technology crimes investigations, and advanced technology development for the Pentagon and the US Department of Energy. Most recently he served as the Chief Strategy Officer for Kingfisher System, helping grow it from 5 to over 250 employees providing cybersecurity, IT support and innovation, and highly technical intelligence and defense systems support to the DoD, intelligence community, and other agencies in the US Federal systems.

Phil Blythe
Phil Blythe
CEO & Founder, Greensync

As our Founder and CEO of GreenSync, Phil is forging new paths to energy management in Australia through cloud analytics, grid-edge technologies and network optimisation. With over 15 years’ experience commercialising new technology in global markets, Phil has been the lead technologist at five start-ups in the UK and Australia, including multimedia, cryptography, and smart buildings.
Starting his career as an aerospace engineer and professional pilot, Phil followed his passion for advanced technology and research into machine learning and artificial intelligence. He moved into energy to counter the looming threat of climate change and is now focused on reinventing the energy system to build a better future. Phil continues to play a key role in the governance of GreenSync as a member of the board. He is an active contributor to discussions about the future of global energy markets, and has held academic posts at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin and the University of Sydney, where he obtained his PhD.

Cassie Bowe
Cassie Bowe
Associate Vice President, Energy Impact Partners

Cassie is an Associate Vice President at Energy Impact Partners, a $650m venture capital fund investing in energy technology, where she is responsible for EIP’s west coast presence. Prior to joining EIP, she worked for 5 years at SunPower, one of the largest global solar companies, in policy and strategy. At SunPower she was responsible for global market analysis, legal and regulatory assessment, and new country entry. She has also gained operating experience at energy storage, micro-grid and energy asset management startups in business development and finance roles. Cassie holds an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a BA in Economics from Harvard University, and was selected for Forbes 30 Under 30 in Energy (2018).

Chris Brazell
Chris Brazell
Infrastructure Program Manager, Appalachian Regional Commission

Chris Brazell is an Infrastructure Program Manager with the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). ARC provides grant funding to projects in a 420-county service area across 13 member states. Past ARC infrastructure investments have focused on water, wastewater, broadband, electric, and natural gas infrastructure. Chris is also leading ARC’s efforts to support economic development around IoT (Internet of Things) platforms like advanced metering infrastructure (AMI or smart grids), unmanned aerial systems (UAS), and connected and autonomous vehicles (CAV). Prior to his tenure at ARC, Chris worked in Johannesburg, South Africa as a university lecturer in economics and as a business consultant to an international development organization. Chris has a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Stanford University with an emphasis on economic development. He also has an MBA from the Stern School of Business at New York University with a focus on finance, entrepreneurial management, and international business.

Paul Breslow, Ph.D.
Paul Breslow, Ph.D.
Principal, Open Innovation, EDF Innovation Lab, Inc.

Paul joined the EDF Group (Électricité de France) Open Innovation team in June 2015. He supports technology scouting for business units within the entire EDF Group, manages relationships with the start-up and innovation ecosystems in North America, participates and leads R&D projects, and assists business units in accelerating new business development.

EDF is an $80B/yr global, integrated energy company and the world’s largest electricity producer. EDF’s 140 GW’s of generation capacity and 150k employees across 30+ countries generate over 650 TWH’s of electricity for 40M customers – and 85% of that electricity generated is carbon free.  In the US, EDF operates EDF Renewable Energy (formerly enXco), EDF Trading and Energy Services, Groom Energy, EDF R&D, and ~7 GW of generation capacity.  Globally, EDF is active in the entire value chain of the electric industry, including R&D, project development, generation, trading, transmission, distribution, sales, and services.

Paul has over 15 years of experience throughout the value chain of clean energy development, commercialization, and deployment.  Prior to EDF, Paul held key roles on the analysis, marketing, product development, project development, business development, and corporate development teams in start-ups and large international energy companies, including QBotix, AUO/BenQ, Suntech/Gemini, and several C&I PV developer/integrators. Paul graduated from Tulane University in New Orleans with a BSE, MS, and PhD in Mechanical Engineering focused on clean energy technologies, artificial intelligence, entrepreneurship, and electricity demand forecasting.

Stina Brock
Stina Brock
Senior Director of Global Utility & Grid Solutions, Sunverge Energy, Inc.

Stina Brock is the Senior Director of Global Utility & Grid Solutions at Sunverge and currently leads Sunverge’s Solutions Engineering team. Stina is focused on developing strategies to monetize the value that distributed energy resources can provide to consumers, utilities, and grid operators. She is working on the application of blockchain and distributed ledger technologies to the energy industry and on innovative ways to disrupt energy markets. At Sunverge, Stina is responsible for developing Sunverge's product and utility offerings.  She has been with Sunverge since 2012 and, as an original member of the product team, grew the company's product to commercialization. Previous to Sunverge, Stina led product marketing activities at Primus Power, an energy storage startup based on advanced flow battery technology, and managed demand response program operations at EnerNOC, a smart grid industry leader. She started her career at Accenture as a management consultant in the technology sector. She has an MSEE degree in electrical power engineering from the University of Washington, where she researched distributed and renewable power generation, and AB & BE degrees in engineering and economics from Dartmouth College.

Kristen Brown, Ph.D.
Kristen Brown, Ph.D.
Utility of the Future, ComEd

Kristen Brown is a Principal with Commonwealth Edison’s Utility of the Future group which is tasked with advancing ComEd’s transition into the future. In this role, Kristen is responsible for identifying and evaluating potential investments in new technologies related to the realities of rapid technical advancement, increasing data availability, pervasive connectivity, and customer choice and control. She specifically focuses on ComEd’s peer-to-peer, transactive energy, and communications infrastructure strategies.

Prior to her role at ComEd, Kristen was a Fellow at the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). She worked with academic institutions, start-up companies, and large businesses to advance energy technologies in materials design, energy efficiency, and virtual reality. Kristen holds a PhD from Northwestern University in Chemistry and a BS from Georgia Tech in Chemical Engineering.

Michael Carlson
Michael Carlson
President, Siemens Digital Grid US

Mike is a global management executive with more than 25 years of experience in finance, technology and operations management across industries. Currently, Mike is President of Siemens Digital Grid in the United States. Mike’s initial background started in finance and systems and he has dedicated his nearly 20 years in the utility industry to harnessing technology to achieve value through business transformation and grid modernization. As the former CIO of Xcel Energy, Mike was a key player in designing and implementing the utility’s business transformation and smart grid strategy. In his current role at Siemens, Mike is responsible for driving the business strategy and execution for the Digital Grid business and global software development.

Mike earned his B.S. in Accounting and Business Management from Union College and his M.B.A. in Finance and Operations from Pepperdine University.

Ugo Catry
Ugo Catry
Investment Manager, Total Energy Ventures

Ugo is an Investment Manager at Total Energy Ventures, the VC arm of Total.

Ugo has been spending the last 7 years in Beijing, Paris and now San Francisco leading Total’s investments in decentralized energy resources and in mobility. Ugo led TEV’s investments in Xee and worked closely with the team on Stem, CosmoTech, Sunverge, NexSteppe or Purple.

Ugo also oversees Total’s business development and M&A efforts in North America in renewables and mobility.

Ugo is from Paris and graduated from HEC Paris, Les Mines ParisTech and Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Colton Ching
Colton Ching
Senior Vice President, Planning & Technology, Hawaiian Electric Company

Hawaiian Electric serves 95% of Hawaii’s electric customers with a service area made up of five separate islanded electric systems.  At 27% RPS with 17% of its customers deploying various rooftop solar systems, Hawaiian Electric has taken a leading role in the integration of renewable and DER systems. 

Colton has responsibility for planning Hawaiian Electric’s 100% renewable energy grid and integrating needed new technologies into the system.  He previously served as Vice President of Energy Delivery as well as Vice President of System Operation and Planning and has 27 years of utility experience.

In addition to his work at Hawaiian Electric, Colton serves on the Corporate Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Hawai‘i, the Executive Board of the Aloha Council Boy Scouts of America, and on the Advisory Council to the State of Hawai‘i Emergency Management Agency.  Colton is also one of 13 inaugural cohorts in the Omidyar Fellows Leadership program.

Colton was born and raised on the island of Maui and is a graduate of the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa where he received a degree in Mechanical Engineering.  He now calls Kāneʻohe home where he resides with his wife Vicky and their son Jacob.

Scott Clavenna
Scott Clavenna
Chairman, Greentech Media

Scott Clavenna has been leading high-tech market research firms for over 15 years. In his capacity as a trusted analyst and consultant, Scott has helped dozens of companies enter and succeed in complex and intensely competitive markets worldwide. He also has authored more than 30 reports that helped define important emerging market segments in optical and broadband communications.

Prior to founding Greentech Media, Scott was chief analyst at Heavy Reading, the market research arm of Light Reading, the dominant online media company in the telecommunications market. CMP bought Light Reading in 2005. Before creating Heavy Reading, Scott founded PointEast Research, providing strategic consulting and market intelligence to a broad mix of startups, venture capitalists and major suppliers in the communications/IT industry, and worked as director of research for Light Reading. In 1997, Scott co-founded Pioneer Consulting, which quickly grew into the leading market research firm covering the optical and broadband communications industry.

Ronald D. Critelli, Jr., P.E.
Ronald D. Critelli, Jr., P.E.
Senior Director, Engineering & Technical Services, Florida Power & Light Company

Ron Critelli is senior director of Power Delivery engineering and technical services for Florida Power & Light Company (FPL). He is responsible for engineering, design and standards, technical services, performance and diagnostics center, and the reliability planning of the company’s transmission, substation and distribution facilities.

Prior to his current role, Mr. Critelli served as director of engineering and technical services for the transmission and substation business unit. He also served as the director of engineering and construction for transmission & substation and was responsible for the engineering and expansion of FPL’s transmission system, including system strengthening and new generation projects. Earlier in his career, Mr. Critelli held various management positions related to project management, engineering and field operations. He joined FPL in 1987.

Mr. Critelli holds a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from North Carolina State University and is a registered Professional Engineer in the state of Florida. He is a member of Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), IEEE Power and Energy Society, AEIC Electrical Power Apparatus Committee and participates in numerous industry committees on topics ranging from reliability, assets management and risk, smart grid application to product innovation.

Itai Dadon
Itai Dadon
Senior Director, IoT Product Management, Itron

Itai Dadon brings over 15 years of experience in corporate leadership, new business development and product strategy in the telecom sector to Itron. Itai came to Itron via the company’s acquisition of Silver Spring Networks. Prior, Itai worked at Broadcom in several capacities, including leading the software product team in the wireless connectivity division and business development activities across multiple industries. Earlier in his career, he held product, development and sales roles for ST-Ericsson, Texas Instruments and e-SIM Ltd.

Itai holds a master’s in Engineering, Computer Science from the Paris Graduate School of Management school.

A native of Jerusalem, Itai lived half of his life in France and speaks five languages.

Brad Davids
Brad Davids
Head of Demand Response Partnerships, Google Nest Labs

Brad Davids leads  business development activities related to load management and demand response for Nest’s energy partners, and also manages the company’s relationships with electric cooperatives across the U.S.

Before joining Nest in February 2015, Mr. Davids was Vice President of Utility Solutions for EnerNOC, Inc., where he managed a 40-person team responsible for sales, marketing, and consulting to electric and gas utilities worldwide, and was directly involved in securing more than $750 million in utility contracts between 2009 and 2014.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Davids held a variety of leadership positions related to retail energy services, including Vice President for EPRI Solutions, President and CEO of Primen, and Senior Vice President of the energy research firm E Source, which he co-founded in 1992. Mr. Davids received master’s and bachelor’s degrees in mechanical engineering from Stanford University.

Christophe Defert
Christophe Defert
Vice President, Centrica Innovations - Ventures

Christophe Defert is a Vice President of Centrica Innovations leading its Venture Capital effort deploying £100m over the next five years. He started his career as an investment banker at Merrill Lynch in London before joining the Private Equity firm TowerBrook Capital Partners where he focused on growth equity investments and leverage buyouts in a variety of industries. Following his MBA, Christophe joined Centrica, a FTSE 100 company, in the group M&A team and later leading the European gas origination team as part of Centrica Marketing and Trading. In 2014, Christophe moved to North America where Direct Energy, a subsidiary of Centrica is the largest competitive energy retailers. He was part of the M&A team where amongst other things, he led the acquisition of Panoramic Power, an energy management and intelligence company. Most recently, he was Chief of Staff to the CEO of Direct Energy.  
Christophe has a BA in Economics and International Affairs from Colorado College, a Finance graduate degree from the London School of Economics and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Christophe is married with three children.

Ray DeMeo
Ray DeMeo
Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Virsec

Ray DeMeo is Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at Virsec. With more than twenty years of operations and global business development experience, Ray has held key roles in the successful growth and transition of multiple tech. startups, including Giganet, acquired by Emulex and EqualLogic, acquired by Dell. He has led teams in roles of responsibility ranging from operations management to global sales and CEO.

Ray holds a BS degree in Mechanical Engineering and minor in Computer Science from Norwich University, and a MS degree in Business Management from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.

Mark Dyson
Mark Dyson
Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute

Mark’s work focuses on several topics related to the changing nature of the electricity grid. Mark has contributed to RMI’s work on new approaches to grid resource planning that better account for the expanding role of renewable energy and distributed energy resources. Mark also helped lead RMI’s analysis of the potential of demand flexibility to reduce grid emissions and costs, and has engaged with several industry partners to launch new business models that take advantage of that potential.

BACKGROUND
Prior to joining RMI, Mark worked at Ascend Analytics, helping deploy software for grid dispatch optimization and financial modeling to several large energy companies. Mark has also held research positions at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory working on improving regional electricity system planning models, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory working on analysis of the potential for aggregated demand response programs to provide ancillary services.

John Elliott
John Elliott
Chief Sustainability Officer, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

John Elliott is Chief Sustainability Officer at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. He is responsible for directing and implementing the Lab’s sustainability strategy. He has broad and detailed experience in building efficiency, building energy management, building performance data architecture, renewables, water efficiency, electric vehicles, employee engagement, waste diversion, and living laboratory collaboration. He was previously Director, Energy and Sustainability at UC Merced and has done prior work in energy efficiency program design, strategy consulting to utilities, consulting on efficiency and renewables to native American tribes, and leading a professional services team implementing energy software solutions for utilities and energy market operators. He holds a masters degree in Energy and Resources from UC Berkeley and a bachelors in civil and environmental engineering from Stanford University.

Hilary Flynn
Hilary Flynn
Director, External Innovation, National Grid

Hilary Flynn is the Director of External Innovation at National Grid. In this role, she advises the regulated and unregulated businesses on emerging technology trends and market opportunities. She also works closely with the company’s external innovation partners, including incubators and associations, as well as startups. Prior to joining National Grid, Hilary was a Managing Consultant for Lux Research, a technology advisory firm, and responsible for the Asia Pacific consulting practice. She has also held consulting positions with MJ Bradley & Associates, Meister Consultants Group, and PHOTON Consulting.

Kevin Foreman
Kevin Foreman
Chief Technology Officer, Powerley
Kyle Garton
Kyle Garton
Director of Product Development, AutoGrid Systems

Kyle Garton is a Principal Product Manager at AutoGrid Systems, responsible for virtual power plant applications of energy storage, smart inverters, and electric vehicles for residential to industrial scale deployments across the globe.

Prior to AutoGrid, Kyle held product management positions at Stem and SunPower commercializing distributed behind-the-meter energy storage products. Kyle has been involved in deployments of distributed energy storage systems across the US, Germany, Japan and Australia; providing value to both customers and utilities with local energy optimization and virtual power plants capabilities. Prior to focusing on energy storage, Kyle held a business development role at SunPower, developing landmark solar projects for Fortune 100 clients, ranging from small rooftop systems to >20MW power plants. In his early career Kyle worked in academic research and development of next generation energy harvesting nanomaterials. Kyle holds a B.S. in Engineering Physics from UC Berkeley and a M.S. in Materials Science & Engineering from UC San Diego.

Neil Gerber
Neil Gerber
Director, New Energy & Environment, IBM
Mr. Gerber is the Director for New Energy & Environment in IBM’s Energy, Environment & Utilities Industry. He is responsible for the development of solutions for non-traditional utility functions, specifically focused on integrating distributed energy resources, environmental issues focused on air and water, and energy efficiency. Previously he was the Director of the Smart Lifecycle Asset Management (SLAM) initiative. In this role he was responsible for the Strategy, Sales, and Solution Development of SLAM solutions. SLAM is focused on asset intensive clients across the Aerospace, Automotive, Electronics, Manufacturing, Energy & Utilities, Oil & Gas, and Travel & Transportation industries. SLAM solutions seek to leverage information across an asset’s lifecycle through information management, advanced analytics, and optimization. Prior to that, Mr. Gerber was the Power Generation Leader for the Energy & Utilities industry at IBM. In this position he was responsible for devising, developing and executing the solution portfolio strategy and capabilities for all of IBM’s power generation business. This includes capabilities for fossil, nuclear, and renewable generation areas.   Mr. Gerber has over 30 years of industry experience providing advanced solutions to the utility industry. He has been deeply involved in electric utility solution development and implementation, as well as having served in executive management positions. Prior to working at IBM Mr. Gerber was the CEO of a power plant simulation company, which was successfully sold to a major control system company, where the business continues to operate to this day. Mr. Gerber also served as the VP of operations and strategy for an internet-based file storage company. Mr. Gerber has a Bachelors of Science degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California at Berkeley and a Masters of Control System Engineering degree from Stanford University.
M. Maxine Ghavi
M. Maxine Ghavi
Group SVP, Market Development, Microgrids and Grid Edge Technologies, ABB
Sonja Glavaski
Sonja Glavaski
Program Director, ARPA-E, U.S. Department of Energy

Dr. Sonja Glavaski is a Program Director at the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) overseeing  portfolio of projects developing innovative and disruptive technologies that would facilitate cost-effective building energy audits, more efficient renewable energy generation, and enable electricity grid to be more responsive and resilient. Her technical focus area is data analytics, and distributed control  of complex, cyber-physical systems with emphasis on operations and security of energy systems.  Dr. Sonja Glavaski spearheaded development and is currently helming ARPA-E Network Optimized Distributed Energy Systems (NODES) Program that aims to develop transformational grid management and control methods to create a virtual energy storage system based on use of flexible loads and distributed energy resources (DERs).

Prior to joining ARPA-E, Dr. Glavaski served as Control Systems Group Leader at United Technologies Research Center advancing knowledge and technology in the area of control & intelligent systems. Before being at UTRC, Dr. Glavaski led key programs at Eaton Innovation Center and Honeywell Labs. During her 20-plus-year career, Dr. Glavaski has contributed significantly to technical advancements in numerous product areas, including energy systems, hybrid vehicles, energy efficient building HVAC/R systems, and aircraft systems. Dr. Glavaski received Ph.D. and MS in Electrical Engineering from California Institute of Technology, and Dipl. Ing and MS in Electrical Engineering from University of Belgrade.

Josh Gould
Josh Gould
Department Manager, Con Edison

Josh Gould is Department Manager for Con Edison’s “Utility of the Future” group, where he focuses on identifying new business opportunities related to the growth of distributed energy resources, and developing new REV demonstration projects. Prior to joining Con Edison, he led the Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E) approach to commercializing power systems research.  During his time at ARPA-E, he worked with companies such as AutoGrid, Varentec, Smart Wires, and ProsumerGrid who, in aggregate, raised over $100M in private capital and deployed technology developed in the program to utility customers. Prior to joining ARPA-E, he founded Gould Energy Storage, a firm that helped client Southern California Edison write the winning proposal for what was – at the time – the world's largest lithium-ion grid storage battery at a wind farm in Tehachapi, CA. Prior to this, he worked for Innosight Ventures, an investment firm based on the applied research of Dr. Clayton Christensen, disruptive innovation theorist and a Professor at the Harvard Business School. He holds a B.A. from Claremont McKenna College, where he graduated magna cum laude, and an M.B.A. from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College.

David Groarke
David Groarke
Managing Director, Indigo Advisory Group

David Groarke is an experienced utility technology and strategy consultant. He has worked with power companies globally to define new growth opportunities, business model evolutions and strategic technology deployments. In this capacity, David has designed large capital technology and modernization programs ($1B+), led cleantech research teams and provided subject matter expertise for a range of utilities in the areas of technology strategy, strategic planning, innovation management, business model evolution, customer engagement, utility automation, distributed energy resource management and data analytics. He has published several industry leading smart grid research reports and grid modernization insight pieces. Prior to Indigo, David held executive positions at Accenture and PA Consulting Group and led innovative research at Greentech Media Research. David holds an Honors Degree in Economics from Trinity College, Dublin, Ireland and has studied European programs at Roskilde University in Denmark and Lund University in Sweden.

Jon Guerster
Jon Guerster
CEO, Groom Energy Solutions

As CEO of Groom Energy Solutions, Jon is responsible for strategy and overall operations. Prior to co-founding Groom Energy, Jon was a general partner at Charles River Ventures (CRV), a leading venture capital firm with $2 billion under management. At CRV, Jon was an active lead investor, board member or advisor for high profile software and service companies such as BeFree (acquired by ValueClick), eDocs (acquired by Siebel Systems), Vignette (VIGN), Virtusa (VRTU) and Xign Corporation (acquired by JP Morgan Chase).

Before CRV, Jon held senior management positions at Open Market, a start-up ecommerce software company that went public in 1996. Prior to joining the early Open Market team, Jon served in a variety of senior product marketing and sales management roles with both Hewlett Packard and J.P. Morgan.

Jon earned his MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Duke University, where he graduated with distinction. He is a co-founder and Board Member of Digital Lumens, an LED lighting company he co-founded in 2007. Jon is also a past member and committee chair of Duke’s Pratt School of Engineering Board of Visitors as well as the Board of Visitors at The Museum of Sciences Boston.

Stefan Jarnason
Stefan Jarnason
Co-Founder & CEO, Solar Analytics

Stefan is a pioneer in the development of the solar industry. His 20 years of experience includes ground breaking PV encapsulation research; development of the world’s first AC module system Plug&Power™; developing the Combined Cycle durability test program now used globally; building a 20MW manufacturing facility in Germany; PV system design; large scale solar power plant development; and solar home energy management. Holder of several patents he is recognised internationally for his deep industry expertise.

Co-founder and CEO of Solar Analytics, Stefan leads a team of engineers, developers and designers in providing analytics that empowers people to navigate the changing energy landscape (or as he likes to call it - peak solar for every roof).

Margarett Jolly
Margarett Jolly
Director, Demonstration Projects, Customer Energy Solutions, Con Edison

Margarett Jolly collaborates with technology leaders in developing new solutions to open the grid to customers and grid participants.  Her professional and personal background provides her the technical and policy tools, partnerships and passion that are making the grid a better place.

She is recent Director of R&D at Con Edison and currently Director Demonstration Projects in the Customer Energy Solutions organization where her team solicits, develops, demonstrates, and scales alternative ways of doing business with the utility.  Demonstrations include new business models for storage, solar, rate design, low and middle-income customers, and web portals to connect residential and commercial customers with innovative energy management tools.

She has been with Con Edison since 1997.  Margarett’s early career included power plant control systems and boiler operations, followed by regulatory and energy markets policy, electric distribution engineering, and as the Company’s DG Ombudsperson.

She graduated from New York City Technical College in 1993 and from the Cooper Union in 1997 with a BE in Mechanical Engineering.  A licensed Professional Engineer in New York State since 2004, Margarett serves on the boards of, NY-BEST, Green City Force and Grid Alternative Tri-State.

Margarett speaks regularly about the evolving role of the electric grid.

Gil C. Quiniones
Gil C. Quiniones
President & CEO, New York Power Authority (NYPA)

Gil C. Quiniones has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the largest state-owned electric utility in the nation, since 2011. He is responsible for developing and implementing the statewide utility's mission and strategic vision to serve customers and mission. He also supervises its operations, legal and financial matters and relationships with external stakeholders. Under his leadership, NYPA is currently playing a key role in fulfilling Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo’s landmark energy policies, Reforming the Energy Vision and the Clean Energy Standard. This is seen through NYPA’s stewardship of its clean generation and transmission assets, leadership in energy efficiency, the practice of environmental justice and sustainability initiatives, and advancement of innovative technologies to become the first digital utility, end to end. Quiniones serves on the Board of Directors of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority; is a board member of the Large Public Power Council and the Alliance to Save Energy and NYPA's principal representative to the American Public Power Association. He is also a member of the board of directors of the Gridwise Alliance and the Electricity Subsector Coordinating Council.

Quiniones was Co-Chairman of the New York Energy Highway Task Force, which helped carry out Governor Cuomo's blueprint for reimagining New York State's transmission system through partnerships between the public and private sectors. In 2015 he served as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Electric Power Research Institute the electric power industry's international research and development organization. Before joining NYPA in 2007 as Executive Vice President of Energy Marketing and Corporate Affairs, Quiniones served in several positions in the administration of City of New York Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, including more than four years as Senior Vice President of Energy and Telecommunications. He previously worked for Con Edison for 16 years and was one of four co-founders of Con Edison Solutions, the utility's unregulated energy services company.

Sean Kane
Sean Kane
Associate Partner, McKinsey & Company

Sean Kane is an Associate Partner in McKinsey’s Southern California Office. He is a leader in McKinsey’s Electric Power & Natural Gas practice with deep expertise in clean technology.
Sean serves utility, energy storage, and renewable energy clients on topics across strategy, innovation, and technology enabled operations.

Sean and received a B.A. from Harvard College and an M.B.A. from Columbia University, where he graduated with Dean’s Honors and Distinction.
Prior to McKinsey, Sean worked on the trading floor at Goldman Sachs, launched a social venture fund in Cape Town, South Africa, and worked as a private equity investor focusing on clean technologies.

Shayle Kann
Shayle Kann
Senior Vice President, Research & Strategy, Energy Impact Partners
Ben Kellison
Ben Kellison
Director, Grid Research, GTM Research

Ben is the Director of Grid Research for GTM Research, specializing in Distribution Automation, Network Management and Renewables Integration markets. He previously worked as a research analyst for Knwldg Houston, formerly a green energy and healthcare consulting firm, where his research focused on AMI deployment and smart grid regulatory policy. Prior to Knwldg Houston, Ben was a policy intern with Wexler and Walker Public Policy Associates where he performed research for energy, transportation, and defense clients.

He has authored multiple studies on the smart grid market, concentrating on policy evolution, technology innovation, the market's competitive landscape and project economics. Ben has delivered keynote presentations for multiple industry conferences, moderated and participated in panels covering a variety of topics, and regularly hosts industry webinars with GTM Research / Greentech Media. Ben has been a smart grid contributor on CNN Money, NPR, and the Texas Tribune. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science.

Kevin Kirk
Kevin Kirk
Manager of Engineering, Shorenstein Realty Services

Kevin Kirk is Manager of Engineering for Shorenstein Realty Services based in San Francisco, California.  Kevin has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Colorado and has spent over 30 years in the field of Building Engineering.

Elta Kolo, Ph.D
Elta Kolo, Ph.D
Research Manager, Grid Edge, GTM Research

Elta is a Grid Edge Analyst at GTM Research working on demand-side management in U.S. electricity markets. Prior to joining GTM, Elta pursued a joint PhD funded by the European Commission on Sustainable Energy Technologies and Strategies at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. During her PhD she researched demand response policies for the implementation of smart grids, and has presented her work at both U.S. and European conferences in addition to publishing in international scholarly journals. Elta holds an MSc in Economics and Management of Network Industries from Spain and France and a BA in Economics from Union College (NY).

Lydia Krefta
Lydia Krefta
Principal Product Manager for Emerging Technologies, Grid Innovation & Integration, PG&E

Lydia Krefta is a Principal Product Manager for Emerging Technologies on the Grid Innovation and Integration (GII) team at PG&E where she has been leading blockchain application development for two energy focused pilots, to be launched in 2018. In addition to blockchain, Lydia is developing and executing pilot projects related to vehicle-to-grid integration, EV communications protocols and residential/commercial/industrial building electrification. Prior to her current role, she developed long-term (15-30 years) gas and electric business model and investment strategies as part of the Corporate Strategy team. Lydia also has experience in the defense industry where she worked on the F-16 program at Northrop Grumman. She holds a B.S. w/Honors in Engineering Science from Penn State University and an M.B.A. from UCLA.

Lee Krevat
Lee Krevat
Director of New Ventures, PXiSE Energy Solutions, LLC, Sempra Renewables

Lee is director of new ventures for PXiSE Energy Solutions, LLC, evangelizing PXiSE Advanced Controller Technology (“ACT”), a patented, high-speed advanced grid control technology developed to meet the evolving needs of the modern energy ecosystem. PXiSE ACT software enables the energy industry to extract greater value from energy storage and increase the amount of renewables on the grid with its unique functionality, enabling zero spinning inertia and reserve, cost-optimized island energy production, blinkless carbon-free microgrids, and fast SCADA for utility-scale renewable energy.

Previously, Lee was director of new ventures for Sempra Renewables, a leading developer of clean energy solutions in markets throughout the U.S. The company jointly owns and operates nearly 3,000 megawatts of wind and solar generating capacity, including two of the largest photovoltaic solar plants in the U.S., and an energy storage facility that provides ramping capability to a wind farm in Maui. He was responsible for leading the development of distributed energy solutions including solar, load optimization, bio-methane, electric vehicle charging, energy Blockchain, and microgrids.

Lee has over three decades of experience in the energy and technology industries While working at San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E), a subsidiary of Sempra Energy, he founded and served as director of smart grid and led SDG&E’s smart grid and electric vehicle initiatives. Lee was twice named one of the top 100 movers and shakers influencing the smart grid market by GreenTech Media and twice recognized as a Top 12 “Mover and Shaker” in the utility industry by Intelligent Utility Magazine. He has also been recognized as a Privacy Ambassador by The Information and Privacy Commissioner of Ontario.

Lee is a champion for sustainability on a national level. He serves on the Board of Directors of the GridWise Alliance, where he led the development of the GridWise Alliance Grid Modernization Index (GMI). The GMI has been used since 2013 to evaluate the status of electric grid modernization in the United States, to identify and promote best practices, and to provide insights to state policy makers, regulators, and other stakeholders regarding the progress of their grid modernization.

Lee currently serves on the Board of GridX, a startup that has developed the industry’s first revenue grade, utility scale, cloud-based billing engine, as a business advisor to PI Energy, a startup commercializing nano-photonic materials, and as an advisory member on the UCLA Smart Grid Energy Research Center's Leadership Council.

Prior to joining the Sempra Energy family of companies, Lee led several software development teams at Tandem Computers, and was a partner at TransPac Software, a startup in Silicon Valley. He received a bachelor’s degree with university honors in applied mathematics/computer science from Carnegie Mellon University. Most weekends he performs in improv and musical improv comedy shows.

Rick Kubin
Rick Kubin
Vice President, Clean Energy Blockchain Network

Rick Kubin is Vice President at Clean Energy Blockchain Network, the North American channel partner for Power Ledger, and leads solution architecture and and energy blockchain evangelism for the western US. Rick has been involved in sustainability and disruptive innovation for over two decades and is passionate about defining strategies and technical architectures to deliver the transactive energy ecosystem of the future, with a focus on the intersection of distributed networks (blockchain), AI and analytics. With a mechanical engineering degree from the University of Victoria he excels in analyzing complex problems crossing multiple domains, synthesizing information and defining innovative solutions with real-world execution plans. Rick is a successful change agent who understands the balance between people and technology and has previously led successful architecture practices and advanced tech projects at PG&E and SunEdison.

Stephen Lacey
Stephen Lacey
Editor-in-Chief, Greentech Media

Stephen Lacey is Editor-in-Chief of Greentech Media. He manages a team of writers focused on solar, storage, efficiency, mobility, and grid modernization. He’s also host of the Energy Gang podcast, a weekly roundtable on the latest energy and environmental news.

Bosco Lai
Bosco Lai
Senior Vice President, Commodities and Global Markets Group, Macquarie

Bosco Lai is Senior Vice President in Macquarie’s Commodities and Global Markets Group, based in Houston. Specifically he is part of the Commodity Solutions team, which provides trade finance, asset based loans, project finance, energy supply facilities and a full suite of risk management/hedging products to enhance our bespoke lending solutions.
Bosco has over 10 years of experience providing financing and risk management solutions in the energy sector. He leverages expertise in commodities and project finance to provide flexible funding solutions in partnership with senior management and sponsors.
Prior to Macquarie Bosco worked as a controls engineer and project manager in a car assembly plant jointly owned by General Motors and Suzuki Automobiles. Bosco holds a Bachelor of Human Biology from University of Toronto and a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering from McMaster University in Canada.

Colin Lamb
Colin Lamb
Product Strategy & Development, Xcel Energy

Colin Lamb leads product development of new customer solutions at Xcel Energy, including innovative technology-driven partnerships and pilot programs across the Xcel Energy footprint. Recent projects include next generation demand management, optimized home energy efficiency and demand shifting, utility marketplace ecommerce and smart home services. Colin has startup, sales, and consulting experience, and his degrees include a BS in Economics from University of Wisconsin-Madison and an MPA from University of Oregon.

Audrey Lee
Audrey Lee
Vice President, Energy Services, Sunrun

As Vice President of Grid Services, Audrey leads Sunrun’s efforts to deploy and aggregate residential solar plus storage to create cleaner and less costly grid infrastructure while reducing customers’ bills. Before joining Sunrun, Audrey was responsible for the analytics and operations platform to optimize fleets of distributed energy resources as virtual power plants at Advanced Microgrid Solutions, Inc.. Prior to that, she advised the President of the California Public Utilities Commission on smart grid, energy data, demand response, and energy storage policy. Audrey also worked at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and as a Presidential Management Fellow at the U.S. Department of Energy and the International Energy Agency in Paris. She holds a Ph.D. in electrical engineering from Princeton University.

Yoav Lurie
Yoav Lurie
Founder & CEO, Simple Energy

Yoav Lurie is the CEO and Founder of Simple Energy, the leading provider of marketplaces, instant rebates, and customer engagement software for electric and gas utilities like Exelon, Southern Company, Xcel Energy, National Grid, and SMUD. Simple Energy’s software as a service (“SaaS”) instant rebate, customer engagement, digital marketing, and ecommerce solutions engage customers, drive energy savings, facilitate the sale of energy-saving products and services, and serve as the platform for the utility of the future.

Yoav has previously helped build a Washington, DC-based technology services firm, served as a Managing Director for Teach For America, and acted as national president for a network of free residential summer camps for the children of cancer patients. He has been named one of Inc. Magazine’s top “30 Under 30” Entrepreneurs and an EY Entrepreneur of the Year finalist. He lives in Boulder, Colorado, with his wife and two adorable children.

Sergej Mahnovski
Sergej Mahnovski
Director, Growth & Innovation, Edison International

Sergej Mahnovski is Director of Growth and Innovation at Edison International, where he leads a team focused on the identification, incubation and commercialization of growth opportunities from emerging technologies, new business models and strategic collaborations in four key focus areas of clean energy, transportation electrification, grid edge, and customer choice.

Sergej previously served as the Director of the Utility of the Future team at Consolidated Edison. Sergej also served as the head of New York City’s energy and sustainability agency for Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, where his team developed a blueprint for reducing carbon emissions in NYC by 80 percent by 2050, and a comprehensive strategy for rebuilding critical energy infrastructure after Superstorm Sandy. The team was awarded the Citizens Budget Commission Prize for Public Service Innovation for developing new approaches to reducing air pollution in NYC. Sergej also served as a Chair and co-founder of the NYC Energy Efficiency Corporation.

Sergej has served as Adjunct Associate Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. He was previously Director for the Global Power Group at IHS CERA and Doctoral Fellow at RAND Corporation. Sergej holds a B.S. in Chemical Engineering and B.A. in History from Stanford University, an M.S. in Chemical Engineering from University of California, Berkeley, and a Ph.D. in Policy Analysis from the RAND Graduate School.

Juan Manuel Alzate
Juan Manuel Alzate
Chief Innovation Officer, Celsia

Degree in Civil Engineering from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Master's in Hydraulic Resource Management Engineering from the same university, and Doctorate in Engineering from the Universidad de los Andes. Between 2011 and 2013 he served as Energy Markets Specialist at Celsia before joining the Argo Group as Director of Corporate Strategy focusing on energy issues. In 2015, he was appointed Innovation Manager at Celsia.

Mark McGranaghan
Mark McGranaghan
Vice President of the Integrated Grid Sector, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Mark McGranaghan is Vice President of the Integrated Grid Sector for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He leads the teams responsible for EPRI’s research involving technologies, systems, and practices for the power distribution system and customer systems, as well as the related information, communication and cyber security infrastructure and systems. Mark has been with EPRI since 2003 and has had a strong influence on EPRI’s research in the areas of power quality, advanced distribution systems, and the smart grid. He has worked closely with government and industry research organizations, both in the United States and around the world. Prior to joining EPRI, Mark was with Electrotek Concepts (1998-2003) and McGraw-Edison/Cooper Power. Mark has BSEE and MSEE degrees from the University of Toledo and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He has taught seminars and workshops around the world and is very active in standards development and industry activities. He is an IEEE Fellow.

Doug McMahon
Doug McMahon
Vice President of Strategy, New York Power Authority

Doug McMahon is the Vice President of Strategy for the New York Power Authority, the country’s largest state public power organization. He is responsible for the development and execution of NYPA’s 2020 strategic vision - transforming The Authority into a 21st century utility of the future. In addition, Doug leads the creation of new strategic programs aimed at catalyzing New York State’s REV and clean energy goals by developing innovative solutions to make the energy system more efficient and the grid more resilient. He has over 15 years’ experience helping utilities navigate complex technology, regulatory or market change across generation, transmission and distribution businesses.

Colleen Metelitsa
Colleen Metelitsa
Analyst, Grid Edge, GTM Research

Colleen Metelitsa is a Grid Edge Analyst with GTM Research specializing in microgrids. Prior to GTM, Colleen earned her MPA in Energy Finance and Policy from Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. During her Master's program, she worked with the NY Green Bank, GE Ventures, and the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) on topics ranging from applications of blockchain in energy to the commercial deployment of energy storage technologies. She was previously a Consultant in DNV GL's energy practice where she worked with utilities and the U.S. Department of Energy on impact evaluations of demand response, energy efficiency, and renewable energy programs. Colleen holds an AB in Environmental Policy from Princeton University.

Chris Moris
Chris Moris
Advanced Product Team Lead, Sunrun

Chris Moris leads the Sunrun Advanced Product team which includes BrightBox energy storage, controllable devices, and next generation energy solutions. The Advanced Product team develops and maintains first-to-market products that add value to the solar proposition through control and optimization of energy assets. Chris has spent the entirety of his career in Solar and has carried various roles from Operations, Software Automation, Engineering/Design, to Product. In the utility/grid space, Chris co-invented a distributed control system and was a Principal on the SolarCity Grid Engineering Solutions team.

Peter Muhoro, Ph.D.
Peter Muhoro, Ph.D.
Vice President, Strategic Industry Research & Analysis, National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation

Dr. Peter Muhoro is the Vice President, Strategic Industry Research and Analysis at the National Rural Utilities Cooperative Finance Corporation (CFC). Peter brings technical knowledge and strategic planning expertise to electric cooperatives, and is responsible for strategic technical and industry research, business intelligence and advanced technologies trends analysis. Prior to joining CFC in 2017, Peter held several positions working for, and with electric cooperatives. Most recently, he served as the Chief Strategy Officer at Pedernales Electric Cooperative, the largest distribution electric cooperative in the U.S. Prior to that, he was an Advisor at the Cooperative Research Network, the technology research arm of the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association. He has previously launched several small businesses focused on energy analysis, bottom of the pyramid issues and poverty reduction through beneficial electrification. He serves on the boards of the Energy Storage Association and the Smart Electric Power Alliance, as well as other advisory committees. He is a sought-after speaker both nationally and internationally. Peter holds a B.Sc. in Physics and Mathematics from Hampton University, a M.Sc. and Ph.D. in Applied Physics from the University of Michigan.

Daniel Munoz-Alvarez
Daniel Munoz-Alvarez
Analyst, Grid Edge, GTM Research

Daniel is a Grid Edge Analyst at GTM Research. He focuses on distribution automation, utility network operations, grid edge network analytics and utilities’ non-wires alternative projects. Prior to GTM, Daniel pursued a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering with a minor in Applied Economics at Cornell University. Throughout his doctoral studies, he examined the restructuring of electricity markets for the integration of renewable energy, energy storage, and distributed energy resources. He graduated magna cum laude from Universidad de Los Andes in Colombia with master’s and bachelor’s degrees in Electrical Engineering.

Anne Arquit Niederberger, Ph.D
Anne Arquit Niederberger, Ph.D
Vice President, Market Development, Enervee

Anne Arquit Niederberger is Vice President Market Development at Enervee, where she is responsible for thought leadership and collaboration with utilities, government agencies and retail market actors around the globe to drive innovation and expand markets for energy efficient consumer products. She began her career as a scientist, working with some of the leading figures in paleoclimatology and contributing to various Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change assessments. She subsequently transitioned to a decade of climate & clean energy policy, serving during the 1990s in senior positions with the Swiss Federal Office of Environment and the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs, where she led international climate and energy policy and established Swiss carbon markets. Prior to Enervee, Anne was Principal at Policy Solutions, where she advised public and private clients globally on climate & clean energy solutions and spearheaded diverse implementation partnerships, such as the Standards for Energy Efficiency of Electric Motor Systems harmonization effort, the $1.2 billion Swiss Climate Cent and the World Bank National Strategy Studies program to support national carbon market development. She graduated with High Honors from Dartmouth College, holds a Ph.D. in Oceanography, completed a post-doctoral fellowship with a focus on global change at the University of Bern (Switzerland), and served as Visiting Scholar at Columbia University. Anne and her husband now call beautiful Healdsburg CA home.

Carlos Nouel
Carlos Nouel
Vice President, New Energy Solutions, National Grid

Carlos Nouel is the Vice President of National Grid’s New Energy Solutions (NES) team. NES is an agile team focused on developing and launching innovative solutions and technologies that unlock value for National Grid’s customers and communities and accelerate progress towards a sustainable future.

Before becoming its leader, Carlos was the Director of Partnerships for the NES team. In that role, he was responsible for identifying customer’s energy needs and determining the most comprehensive, cost effective and sustainable strategies to fulfill those needs through the creation of innovative partnerships and alliances with key industry players. In addition, he also leads the development and execution of strategies and tactics for our smart grid programs. Before coming to New Energy Solutions, Carlos developed sourcing strategies to support all the requirements for National Grid’s energy efficiency portfolio valued at $400m per year.

Prior to joining National Grid, Carlos worked for companies such as Pfizer, British American Tobacco, IBM and AES in the supply chain area. Carlos holds an M.B.A. from Hult International Business School, and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Andres Bello Catholic University in Venezuela. He is also a Certified Energy Manager.

Neha Palmer
Neha Palmer
Head of Energy Strategy, Global Infrastructure, Google Inc.

Ms. Palmer currently leads the team that procures energy and electric infrastructure for Google Inc. Key efforts of her team include managing the company's energy portfolio, and sourcing as much renewable energy as possible to power Google's operations. As a result of these initiatives, Google has announced over 2.6 GW of renewable energy purchases around the globe, and is the largest corporate purchaser of renewable energy.

Prior to joining Google, Ms. Palmer held several positions at PG&E, where she quickly rose to become the Director of Corporate Development.  She has also worked for Goldman Sachs, serving clients in the electricity sector.
Ms. Palmer holds an MBA in Finance from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, and a BS in Civil Engineering from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo.

Mike Phillips
Mike Phillips
Co-Founder & CEO, Sense

Mike Phillips is the CEO and co-founder of Sense, a startup creating technology that helps homeowners better understand their energy use. A pioneer in the field of machine learning, Mike began his career in speech recognition. He worked as a researcher at MIT before co-founding two speech recognition companies (SpeechWorks and Vlingo) which brought groundbreaking speech recognition capabilities to call centers and to mobile phones, including the technology that powered virtual assistants across hundreds of millions of phones. Mike’s passion for machine learning led him to found Sense in 2013, bringing the power of machine learning into the home.

Lara Pierpoint
Lara Pierpoint
Senior Fundamental Program Strategy Manager , Exelon

Lara Pierpoint joined Exelon in October 2016, focusing on energy technology innovation. She leads the Corporate Strategy technical team from her post in Danville, California, advising the company on energy technology trends and running Exelon’s partnership R&D program. Prior to joining Exelon, she directed the Office of Energy Supply Security in the U.S. DOE Office of Policy and Systems Analysis, where she was responsible for policy and analysis related to coal, gas, and nuclear power and energy cyber and physical security. Before her work at DOE she served as an AAAS Congressional Science and Engineering Fellow for the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, focusing on nuclear power and waste issues, energy finance, and electricity storage. She received her PhD in 2011 from MIT in Engineering Systems, studying deployment of advanced technologies for nuclear waste recycling, and she holds dual masters degrees from MIT in nuclear engineering and technology policy. She is a native Californian, and completed her B.S. in physics at UCLA in 2004.

Julia Pyper
Julia Pyper
Senior Editor, Greentech Media

Julia Pyper is a Senior Editor at Greentech Media covering utilities, grid issues, electric vehicles, the solar industry and energy storage. Find her on Twitter @JMPyper.

Stephen Prince
Stephen Prince
Senior Vice President, North America, Centrica Business Solutions

Stephen Prince serves as Senior Vice President of Centrica Business Solutions in North America. He is responsible for commercial operations and driving growth across three key strategy areas – energy insight; energy optimization; and energy solutions, including combined heat and power (CHP), solar, battery storage and standby generators. In addition, Stephen works closely with Centrica’s Direct Energy Business team to put customers in control of their energy – from energy supply to distributed energy solutions.
 
Prior to joining Centrica, Stephen served in a variety of leadership roles, most recently as President and CEO of Younicos, a global leader in battery storage and microgrid solutions sold to Aggreko in July 2017. He previously served in executive leadership positions in industry, software, consulting, and outsourcing companies within the utility, financial service, and public transportation sectors, holding titles of Chief Executive Officer, Managing Director, Chief Accounting Officer, Global Practice Leader, and Senior Vice President of Strategy, Business Development, Sales, Channel Management, Product Management, and Innovation.
 
Stephen earned an M.S. degree in Tax from the Golden Gate University School of Taxation, a Contracts Management Certificate from the University of California, Irvine, and a B.A. degree in Business Administration and Accounting from California State University, Fullerton.
 
Stephen resides between Texas and Massachusetts with his wife Karen and children.
 

Debra Roepke
Debra Roepke
SUNDA Project Manager, Business & Technology Strategies Division, NRECA

With over 20 years’ experience building coalitions and collaborative teams, Deb Roepke served as a lynchpin for the SUNDA project. The project, funded in part by the Department of Energy’s Solar Energy Technology Office, worked with a team of co-operative utilities to accelerate solar PV implementation across the country. The DOE grant enabled NRECA both to support the early adopters and collect data and case studies that provide insight into the barriers to solar and the factors that have allowed co-ops to overcome those barriers. Roepke led the NRECA team that created an array of tools and resources incorporating lessons from the SUNDA deployments and then conducted an unprecedented outreach effort to disseminate these tools throughout the cooperative network.  Roepke is also a recognized leader in the non-profit sector, having founded a successful organization that teaches computer skills, helps low-income adults get better jobs, and now operates in multiple locations. She has a degree in Biology from Macalester College in MN, a Masters in Science, Technology and Public Policy from George Washington University in DC, and a Master Certificate in Six Sigma from Villanova.

Jan-Willem Rombouts
Jan-Willem Rombouts
Co-Founder, REstore, Centrica Business Solutions

Jan-Willem Rombouts co-founded REstore and serves as its co-CEO after a career at Goldman Sachs where he last served as Executive Director of Credit Trading Strategy. He brings expertise in quantitative modeling and software development. At REstore Jan-Willem leads the product innovation, technology development and trading activities. He holds a Ph.D. in Physics from NYU and a graduate certificate in Data Mining and Applications from Stanford University.

Marc Romito
Marc Romito
Manager, Renewable Energy Resources, Arizona Public Service
Lisa Salley
Lisa Salley
President, Energy Systems & Safety Institute, American Petroleum Institute

With a comprehensive background in cutting edge technologies, Lisa Salley is a leader in managing and growing business operations with sustainability and profitability in mind. Lisa has more than 25 years leading product development in plastics and specialty chemicals, domestic and international energy storage and electrical grid operations for major corporations both domestically and in international markets.

Since 2015, Lisa has served as vice president of Global Industry Services at the American Petroleum Institute where she oversees all aspects of revenue-generating programs in certification, standards, training, events, publications and safety for onshore, offshore and refinery operations. Under Lisa’s leadership, the GIS division has grown net income year-over-year, playing a critical role in fostering standards adoption across the globe in the oil and natural gas industries. At API, Lisa oversees an international team, managing the GIS division’s staff and offices in Beijing, Dubai, Singapore, Rio de Janeiro, Houston and Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining API, Lisa served as vice president and general manager of UL’s Energy and Power Technologies Division from 2013-2015. As a key member of the UL Commercial and Industrial Executive Leadership Team, Lisa was responsible for $300+ million global P&L business with over 13,000 customers in the electrical and renewable energy market, including all general management activities. At UL, Lisa exceeded financial targets by more than 25% over two consecutive years and spearheaded creation of one UL’s first Renewables Council, a group consisting of multiple stakeholders in solar, wind, energy storage systems and biofuels. The Renewables Council is dedicated to providing advice, expertise and guidance on standards development and management, development and sustainability of service programs, and UL’s engagement within the energy industry as a whole.
Lisa held multiple senior level positions during her 16-year career with GE from 1988-2004 under the influential leadership of the company’s esteemed former Chairman and CEO Jack Welch. Through her work within several GE divisions including Industrial Systems, GE Capital, GE Plastics and GE Consumer Products, Lisa developed her skills in leadership and business strategy. During her early days at GE, she successfully pioneered the implementation of a program for standardizing processes at multiple GE plants on the islands of Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Lisa’s work with the storied energy firm culminated in her role as global general manager and chief quality officer for GE Power Management, where she guided global development and implementation of GE’s Six-Sigma program, the firm’s highly disciplined process for developing and delivering near-perfect products and services.

Prior to her time at GE, Lisa was a materials engineer at Dupont. She has also taken on strategic roles with Immunomic Therapeutics, Inc, a biotech firm specializing in immunotherapy, and specialty chemicals firm Rohm and Haas. Lisa is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute where she received a Bachelor’s Degree in Metallurgical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Engineering and Management.
Dedicated to giving back to her community and mentoring the next generation of leaders and innovators, Lisa is an adjunct professor teaching business growth at Community College of Philadelphia and was appointed the GE campus coordinator for North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University. Lisa also served on the advisory board for the College of Engineering at NCA&T.
She also has served as the Chairperson of the Greater Columbus Chapter of GE Elfun, an organization comprised of GE employees and retirees dedicated to community service and improving the lives of

Ben Sampson
Ben Sampson
Director, GE Ventures

Ben is a Director of Investing at GE Ventures based in Boston, MA.  Ben invests at the intersection of intelligence, connectivity and resource efficiency focusing on applications in energy, transportation and the built environment.

Ben joined GE in 2012, where he initially worked for GE Capital’s Energy Financial Services team. As a Venture Capital Consultant, he focused on investments in energy technology companies and collaborations with GE’s industrial businesses.

Prior to GE Ventures, Ben held several roles at Mechanology, Inc. outside of Boston.  Mechanology developed novel positive displacement compressor and expander technologies.  Ben held several engineering roles at Mechanology working on the Dragonfly compressor technology.  Prior to leaving, Ben was a project manager for the expander technology platform focused on high efficiency expansion of low-grade steam.

Ben holds multiple degrees from Dartmouth College including a master’s degree in Engineering Management and bachelor’s degrees in Mechanical Engineering and Engineering Sciences. 

Ben serves as a board observer at Teem and View.  Ben’s previous investments and board observer seats include Lucid (acquired by Acuity Brands) and Arctic Sand (acquired by Murata, Inc.).

Although he was unable to fulfill his aspiration of becoming an architect, he is satisfying this pursuit by designing and building a cottage with his wife in Isle au Haut, Maine.

Max Scher
Max Scher
Manager, Sustainability, Salesforce
Allan Schurr
Allan Schurr
Chief Commercial Officer, Enchanted Rock

Allan Schurr joined the Enchanted Rock team in 2018 and brings go-to-market expertise from over 30 years of experience in commercial and industrial energy services and innovative utility solutions.  Allan is responsible for direct sales, corporate and product marketing, and channel sales functions.

Prior to joining Enchanted Rock, Allan was founding president of Edison Energy LLC, an energy advisory and solutions unit of Edison International, was vice president for IBM’s Energy and Utilities industry, led marketing and business development at Silicon Energy, a pioneer in enterprise energy management software that was later acquired by Itron, and utility and non-utility senior roles at Pacific Gas and Electric.

Allan holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of California, Davis, a masters degree in business administration from St. Mary’s College in California, and is a registered Professional Engineer in the State of California.  He is co-inventor on seven patents related to distributed energy.

Molly Sterkel
Molly Sterkel
Program Manager, Infrastructure Planning & Permitting Branch, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)

Molly Sterkel is responsible for Infrastructure Planning and Permitting for the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). As a Program Manager in the Commission’s Energy Division, she provides policy leadership and management direction on key California electricity grid planning issues, including generation, transmission, and distribution policies.  Her work frequently revolves around the critical path and innovation issues that are steadily moving California to a low carbon future, such as the State’s first Integrated Resource Planning designed to optimize the grid to meet the State’s greenhouse gas emission reduction goals, the development implementation of the State’s storage mandate, and the environmental review of major transmission infrastructure investments needed to support high penetration of renewables.

Paulina Tarrant
Paulina Tarrant
Research Associate, GTM Research

Paulina Tarrant is a Research Associate on the Grid Edge team at GTM Research. Prior to joining GTM, Paulina graduated from Brown University with a B.A. in Environmental Studies, focusing on Environmental and Energy Policy. During her undergraduate career, she co-chaired an annual multi-disciplinary, sustainable design conference at Brown University and Rhode Island School of Design. She has been a marketing and business development intern with Smarter Grid Solutions and a marketing intern for a renewable energy development and investment company in Munich, Germany

Jim Taylor
Jim Taylor
Vice President, Energy Solutions, Siemens Energy Management, Digital Grid

Siemens is investing in industry experts for product delivery. Jim is an Executive Grid Expert with a diverse background and knowledge of utility operations. This allows him to partner with Utilities and to translate business and technical needs into OT/IT solutions to maximize value for utilities. Jim Taylor is a nationally recognized electric industry leader and innovator of high character and credibility. His goal is to make complex ideas simple and inspire people to push the bounds of technology and their own barriers to achieve great results in a collaborative manner. He understands the need to pursue new ideas and technologies in order to continue to provide utility customers with leading-edge products and services. He is a highly motivated individual who works well in teams to get things accomplished. He is currently the VP Utility Solutions for Siemens Energy Management, Digital Grid.

Marco Terruzzin
Marco Terruzzin
Director, Energy Storage, E.ON

Based in San Francisco, California, Marco Terruzzin is an internationally recognized expert in clean tech, blockchain and climate change mitigation strategies, having developed 200+ renewable energy projects for $3billion in value. With over 20 years of experience, he is an accomplished clean tech executive with a track record of increasing EBITDA and generating multi-million dollar revenue streams across the carbon markets, energy storage and renewable energy industries. Having launched two international companies, Mr. Terruzzin has also developed extensive experience in recruiting and building teams and growing innovative initiatives into multi-million dollar businesses lines. He has held strategic positions at leading energy companies like E.ON Climate and Renewables (one of Europe’s largest public energy companies), General Electric Wind, Evolution Markets and Roland Berger Management Consulting. Mr. Terruzzin holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree from the Darden School of Business, an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Padua (Italy) and a PhD in Applied Statistics (Energy Economics).

Arthur (Bud) Vos
Arthur (Bud) Vos
President & CEO, Enbala Power Networks

With more than 17 years of energy industry experience, Bud Vos has in-depth experience with providing high-value software solutions to utilities. As president and CEO of Enbala, Bud is leading the company through the next phase of its business growth as it continues to expand its industry-leading Virtual Power Plant and DERMS solutions. Bud previously served as the COO of Simple Energy, a SaaS-based company that leverages data analytics to motivate utility customers to save energy. He was also senior vice president of utility sales and CTO of Comverge, a leading provider of integrated demand response, energy efficiency and customer engagement solutions. In addition, Bud was founder and vice president of engineering at Sixth Dimension, a provider of Internet-based control systems for demand response and distributed generation systems.

Fei Wang
Fei Wang
Senior Grid Edge Analyst, GTM Research

Fei Wang is a Grid Edge Analyst with GTM Research specializing in customer energy management. Fei was previously a consultant in ICF’s energy practice where she worked on assessing the impact of environmental regulations for commercial, government and non-profit clients. Prior to that, Fei earned her Master of International Affairs with a concentration in energy and environment from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA). During graduate school, Fei worked with New York Power Authority (NYPA) on renewable energy procurement, the State Energy Plan and the ReCharge New York program. Fei holds a B.A. in Economics from Franklin & Marshall College.

Craig Watson
Craig Watson
Senior Manager, West Monroe Partners

Highlights

Craig Watson coordinates, leads, and manages teams for IT project consultations and assessments on large-scale network architectures, communication network design, and gap analysis reporting efforts for utility networks across the country. He has considerable hands-on experience providing network design architecture expertise and on-site field project support and engineering guidance for operations and optimization of IT infrastructure. Additionally, he has a strong understanding and working knowledge of the importance of security as it relates to the regulations and standards with which utilities must adhere.

Bio

Craig has developed significant experience pertaining to the evaluation and adoption of smart grid solutions and strategies through the use of wired and wireless IP backhaul and mesh network technologies, advanced metering infrastructures, network convergence methodologies, and IT integration technologies. His areas of expertise include TCP/IP networking, routing, Ethernet switching, VOIP, enterprise WAN networking, and data center networking, as well as enterprise wireless, network security, network transport, video networking, and network monitoring solutions.

Prior to joining West Monroe, Craig was a network services manager with Black & Veatch. He managed a team of technical engineers and architects who provided telecom master strategy, technology roadmaps, OEM vendor selection criteria, network and security architecture and design, and technical implementation across a wide array of vendors and solutions.

Previously, he was a Cisco design architect with Alexander Open Systems and an IT specialist with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Transportation Security Administration.

Craig attended the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville.

Jon Wellinghoff
Jon Wellinghoff
CEO & Founder, Grid Policy Inc.

Jon Wellinghoff is known for his international expertise and thought leadership in energy policy, electric markets and the interface of disruptive energy systems with traditional utility structures. His firm GridPolicy, Inc. is dedicated to furthering the deployment of and investment in clean sustainable distributed energy resources (DERs). Jon works to remove regulatory, policy, and institutional barriers to the widespread adoption of cost effective DER technologies and systems, assisting companies, governments, and consumers who market and/or operate such resources. In 2006, Jon received his first of two Presidential appointments to serve as a Commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and was FERC’s longest serving Chairman (2009- 2013). During his FERC tenure, he led efforts to make the U.S. power system cleaner and more efficient by promoting and integrating renewable energy, demand response, energy efficiency and storage.

Paul Wezner
Paul Wezner
Director, Product Manager & Marketing, Powerley

Paul leads Powerley's product management and marketing disciplines, including helping drive product strategy and roadmap, understanding of competition and market landscape, product analysis and optimization, and driving external messaging for the platform and offering. 

Joshua Wong
Joshua Wong
President & CEO, Opus One Solutions

Joshua Wong is President and CEO at Opus One Solutions where he leads the company mission to empower the decentralized energy economy, for a reliable clean energy grid that is environmentally, technical, and economically sustainable. Prior to Opus One, Joshua was Director of Engineering at eCAMION, an energy storage company, and head of smart grid at Toronto Hydro where he led the policy, strategy, business, and engineering development of Toronto's smart grid infrastructure including a 25-year smart grid roadmap and the smart community initiative. Under Josh’s leadership Opus One is currently leading a $16.4M transactive energy management with Emera; partnering with National Grid to develop a first-of-its-kind “distributed system platform” under New York’s Reforming the Energy Vision, and deploying an enterprise integrated distribution planning project with a large investor owned utility to meet holistic planning requirements by bridging the gap between traditional distribution capacity planning and DER planning.

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Advisory Board

Jill Anderson
Jill Anderson
Vice President, Southern California Edison
Kristen Brown, Ph.D.
Kristen Brown, Ph.D.
Utility of the Future, ComEd

Kristen Brown is a Principal with Commonwealth Edison’s Utility of the Future group which is tasked with advancing ComEd’s transition into the future. In this role, Kristen is responsible for identifying and evaluating potential investments in new technologies related to the realities of rapid technical advancement, increasing data availability, pervasive connectivity, and customer choice and control. She specifically focuses on ComEd’s peer-to-peer, transactive energy, and communications infrastructure strategies.

Prior to her role at ComEd, Kristen was a Fellow at the Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy (ARPA-E). She worked with academic institutions, start-up companies, and large businesses to advance energy technologies in materials design, energy efficiency, and virtual reality. Kristen holds a PhD from Northwestern University in Chemistry and a BS from Georgia Tech in Chemical Engineering.

Mark Dyson
Mark Dyson
Principal, Rocky Mountain Institute

Mark’s work focuses on several topics related to the changing nature of the electricity grid. Mark has contributed to RMI’s work on new approaches to grid resource planning that better account for the expanding role of renewable energy and distributed energy resources. Mark also helped lead RMI’s analysis of the potential of demand flexibility to reduce grid emissions and costs, and has engaged with several industry partners to launch new business models that take advantage of that potential.

BACKGROUND
Prior to joining RMI, Mark worked at Ascend Analytics, helping deploy software for grid dispatch optimization and financial modeling to several large energy companies. Mark has also held research positions at the National Renewable Energy Laboratory working on improving regional electricity system planning models, and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory working on analysis of the potential for aggregated demand response programs to provide ancillary services.

Michael Edmonds
Michael Edmonds
Chief Commercial Officer, S&C Electric Company

Based at S&C Electric Company’s headquarters Chicago IL, Michael Edmonds is the President of the US Business. This consists of all aspects of the business including the new portfolio and strategy for the US to solve customer problems ranging from traditional switching & protection, power quality/energy storage, Microgrid, asset management, grid network control, software and the grid connectivity systems required to enable the grid.

S&C Layered IntelligenceTM solution set for the Smart Grid are developed from strategic solutions and augmented via alliances. These include the IntelliTeam Self healing grid solutions, grid efficiency, demand response, communication systems, IntelliRupter pulse closer, active dynamic protection, energy storage, renewable integration and operations. Combined these offer product and solutions for the challenges the electrical power grid such as Grid Reliability, Efficiency & Capacity.

Prior to joining the S&C Electric Company in 2010, his previous roles included VP & GM of Siemens Energy Automation and Power Technologies Inc. (PTI).

Robert F. Lurie
Robert F. Lurie
Executive Vice President & Chief Financial Officer, New York Power Authority (NYPA)

Robert F. Lurie is the New York Power Authority's executive vice president and chief financial officer. He joined the Power Authority in 2012, leading the management team in creating NYPA’s visionary strategic plan that includes becoming the first digital utility in the U.S., and accelerating the adoption of clean energy in New York State. He added the role of chief financial officer in 2014, bringing innovative financial structuring, new technology and process efficiencies to the financial function.  Mr. Lurie is also a member of the Transformation Advisory Council advising the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority on the future electric system for the island, and is a member of the board of the Building Energy Exchange, a non-profit organization dedicated to building energy efficiency education and knowledge sharing.
Prior to joining NYPA, Mr. Lurie was vice president of North America business development for Ocean Power Technologies, a wave energy company in New Jersey, and directed mergers and acquisitions for Air Products and Chemicals, Inc. in Pennsylvania. He served as the Chief of Strategic Planning at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey from 2003-2007, leading the development of a 10-year, $20 billion strategic capital plan.
Mr. Lurie began his career in public finance. He served as the director of public finance for the State of New Jersey, managing over $8 billion in infrastructure funding and overseeing the financial activities of 15 state authorities, and as a vice president of investment banking in the public finance department at Lehman Brothers.
Mr. Lurie holds a Masters in Business Administration with a concentration in finance from the State University of New York at Albany, and a Bachelors of Arts degree in Economics from Union College in Schenectady, New York.

Mark McGranaghan
Mark McGranaghan
Vice President of the Integrated Grid Sector, Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)

Mark McGranaghan is Vice President of the Integrated Grid Sector for the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He leads the teams responsible for EPRI’s research involving technologies, systems, and practices for the power distribution system and customer systems, as well as the related information, communication and cyber security infrastructure and systems. Mark has been with EPRI since 2003 and has had a strong influence on EPRI’s research in the areas of power quality, advanced distribution systems, and the smart grid. He has worked closely with government and industry research organizations, both in the United States and around the world. Prior to joining EPRI, Mark was with Electrotek Concepts (1998-2003) and McGraw-Edison/Cooper Power. Mark has BSEE and MSEE degrees from the University of Toledo and an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh. He has taught seminars and workshops around the world and is very active in standards development and industry activities. He is an IEEE Fellow.

Leslie Sibert
Leslie Sibert
Vice President, Grid Edge Technology & Development, Southern Company

Leslie Sibert is the Vice President of Grid Edge Technology & Development for Southern Company. In this position, Sibert is responsible for advancing the deployment of grid edge technology for Southern Company* to maintain a clean, safe, reliable, and affordable energy system for its electric customers.
Prior to her current position, Sibert served as Georgia Power’s vice president of Distribution and vice president of Transmission. She is active in organizations such as the Electric Power Research Institute Power Utilization Sector as vice-chair, the Southeastern Electric Exchange Board of Directors, the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies Power Delivery committee, the Business Executives for National Security as co-chair of the Energy Council, the Georgia Tech Strategic Energy Institute as board chair, and the Georgia Tech Electrical and Computing Engineering advisory board.
Sibert is a graduate of the Georgia Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Electrical Engineering degree.  She completed the Harvard Professional Management Development Program in 2001, the Atlanta Regional Leadership Institute program in 2003, Leadership Georgia in 2011, and the International Women’s Forum Fellows program with executive studies at Harvard University and Cambridge University in 2011.

Jon Wellinghoff
Jon Wellinghoff
CEO & Founder, Grid Policy Inc.

Jon Wellinghoff is known for his international expertise and thought leadership in energy policy, electric markets and the interface of disruptive energy systems with traditional utility structures. His firm GridPolicy, Inc. is dedicated to furthering the deployment of and investment in clean sustainable distributed energy resources (DERs). Jon works to remove regulatory, policy, and institutional barriers to the widespread adoption of cost effective DER technologies and systems, assisting companies, governments, and consumers who market and/or operate such resources. In 2006, Jon received his first of two Presidential appointments to serve as a Commissioner on the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), and was FERC’s longest serving Chairman (2009- 2013). During his FERC tenure, he led efforts to make the U.S. power system cleaner and more efficient by promoting and integrating renewable energy, demand response, energy efficiency and storage.